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Physical Geography - ENV00024C

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  • Department: Environment and Geography
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Robert Mills
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23

Module summary

This module will equip students with knowledge about global geomorphology and the physical environment. It will specifically focus on the Quaternary period and the processes of formation of key geomorphological environments. Students will attend lectures, field sessions, GIS practicals and a modelling practical in order to develop key skills relevant to physical geography. Training will additionally be provided in essay writing, report writing, referencing and abstract writing as well as practice in using Microsoft Excel.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Autumn Term 2022-23 to Spring Term 2022-23

Module aims

This module will give students an understanding of key geomorphology and physical geography concepts. The module will also provide an introduction to some of the keys areas of Physical Geography that will feed into the more specialised options in year 2. The Physical Geography lectures are designed to provide an overview of landforms, the formative processes and controls on these through time and space. The field sessions will introduce students to key field skills that will be used throughout the degree and allow students to work in groups using the field equipment. The practical sessions will develop the student’s GIS skills. Key skills training will be provided in writing, referencing, practical work and fieldwork.There are no charges associated with the field sessions. 

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of geomorphology and the physical environment
  • Develop excellent written, practical and field skills.
  • Become competent in the use of field equipment and techniques.


Task Length % of module mark
Scientific report
N/A 70
GIS practical
N/A 30

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Reassessment Essay
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback on the coursework is provided as written comments on returned work and on the feedback form within four weeks of the deadline.

Indicative reading

Holden, J. 2012. An Introduction to Physical Geography and the Environment, Pearson.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.